Middle-aged churchman John Gadsby revives his sleepy, isolated community with the help of its young residents, and soon becomes its Mayor in the process.
This novel of 50,000+ words, written during 1936 and 1937, is famous for lacking the English letter "e" in its manuscript.
Prior to writing it, author Ernest Vincent Wright (March 26, 1871-October 7, 1939) also penned three books of poetry: The Wonderful Fairies of the Sun (1896), The Fairies That Run the World and How They Do It (1903), and Thoughts and Reveries of an American Bluejacket (1918). His first credited work, "When Father Carves the Duck", first appeared in an 1891 issue of the Boston Evening Transcript and has appeared in numerous anthologies over the years since.
Wright also served as a member of the U.S. Navy during the First World War, and played piccolo and flute during his tenure. A native of Boston (as well as an M.I.T. student), he also lived in Florida and California during his later years.
For more information on Wright's career (and a similar work, La disparition/A Void by Georges Perec), order the Special Edition of this work at Amazon's Kindle Store (available in the U.S. and UK) and read Reginald Routhwick's behind-the-scenes essay, Skipping Fifth.
This work's U.S. copyright lapsed on January 1, 1968 due to renewal failure (per the results page at Stanford University's database). It is also in the public domain in Canada, Europe, Australia and other territories observing 70 p.m.a. or less.